Grilled Cheese with Apples and Sage Leaves

This recipe is deceptively simple. It delivers the kind if savory-meets-sweet buttery flavor you crave on crisp fall days, and takes only minutes to prepare. It's just...perfect. 

2 tablespoons butter

6 sage leaves

2 slices whole wheat bread

1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup shredded aged Gouda cheese

1/2 Granny Smith apple, sliced thin

In a medium skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until bubbling and fragrant. Drop in the sage leaves and cook for 30 seconds. Remove to a paper towel to cool.

Add the bread to the skillet, cook for 1 minute, and flip. Add cheese to one of the slices, and cover with the other slice of bread. Cook for 2 minutes, flip, and cook for 2 minutes more.

Remove from pan, open the sandwich, add the apple slices and sage, and put sandwich back together.

Turn heat in skillet to low, place the sandwich back in, cover, and cook for 2 more minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted. Slice into triangles and serve.

About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.